Fisherman's Bastion – Budapest

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Fisherman's Bastion - Budapest

in this photo: Matthias Church

“The Halászbástya or ’s is a terrace in neo- and neo-Romanesque style situated on the bank of the , on the hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. Between 1947–48, the son of Frigyes Schulek, János Schulek, conducted the other restoration project after its near destruction during World War II.” (from wikipedia)
He stopped reading from his guide (well, technically MY guide), looked up at me with his loving black eyes, and then turned them, in careful examination, towards all he’d just read about.

The view from up there in Buda was something more than just beautiful.

It had a living presence that is simply too hard to describe. The Danube flowing calmly below, Pest shining all over in its vibrant little lights, and then the bridges, stretching from one side of the river to the other, making out of those two separate lands a single, unified, stunning place: the , in all its grace.

I remember having lost myself for a moment in all that.

He was looking that way, too, far into the distance, and the night.

I turned around, slowly, and as I did, I was almost struck by something even more breath taking than what I had been glazing at until then.

It was that incredible view, gem-set between the elements of the Halászbástya, now reflected on that high on the other end of the terrace I had hardly noticed as we’d arrived. I couldn’t help but stare at that reflection, I don’t know why, I just know I did and certainly for more than I’d have possibly imagined I could do.
But soon enough, or late perhaps, or who knows about it, actually?, there was something new that captured my attention among all the things I was seeing reflected there.

It was him. He was looking at me with his smiling eyes, fitting perfectly in that , given me the image of all those wonderful things. I saw him opening his arms, ready to give me, I could sense it, all the he had.

My eyes smiled back to his and, before I knew it, we were holding each other tight, tight, tight, from up there in Buda, where we’d been so happy together and where just as happy we would have always been.


Text by Laura ”Croft” Vivio

  • ApertureValue: f/4.6
  • ExposureTime: 1/20 sec
  • FocalLength: 42 mm
  • ISOSpeedRatings: 800
  • Model: Canon EOS 50D

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